The 83 acre town became famous in 2002 for being the first in history to be put up for auction on eBay. It was originally sold for $1.77m but the buyer backed out of the deal only for it to be bought by businessman Bruce Krall for $700,000.
Los Angeles-based entertainment manager and college student Daniel Thomas La Paille, 25, purchased the town on August 3, 2006 from Krall. La Paille paid $1.25 million, the money coming from his own entertainment management work as well as from his mother and grandmother.
In an interview with the Times-Standard, La Paille said, “(Community) is very important in every aspect. We all have to live together. Bridgeville is going to be an example. We're going to ... show that we can be environmentally conscious, good neighbors and just create a special little community.”
According to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office, Daniel La Paille, committed suicide November 9, 2006. The cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the chest.
The town of Bridgeville is currently for sale once again.
According to the Times-Standard, Bruce McNaughton, a Realtor for Realty World Main Street, recently confirmed that Bridgeville has been on the market with a $1.3 million price tag for several months now.
The Van Duzen River flows through Bridgeville.